By the late nineteenth century, Britain's colonial reign seemed to know no limit—and India was the sparkling jewel in the Imperial crown. Many of her majesty's best and brightest young men departed for the Raj to make their careers, soldiers, as bureaucrats, and their fortunes, and businessmen. Transplanted to isolated plantations and remote towns, illness, boredom, they endured heat, discomfort, and motherhood removed from familiar comforts—a far cry from the magical world they were promised upon arrival.
Rich with drama and color, utterly compelling real-life saga of adventure, romance, The Fishing Fleet is a sumptuous, and heartbreak in the heyday of the British Empire. Wives were whisked away to distant outposts with few other Europeans for company. In these sparkling pages, cinemas, amateur theatricals, tiger shoots, she describes the glittering whirlwind of dances, tennis tournaments, picnics, parties, and palatial banquets that awaited in the Raj, all geared toward the prospect of romance.
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj #ad - But in their wake they left behind countless young ladies who, suddenly bereft of eligible bachelors, found themselves facing an uncertain future. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, some of these women decided to follow suit and abandon their native Britain for India's exotic glamor and—with men outnumbering women by roughly four to one in the Raj—the best chance they had at finding a man.
The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon SistersHarper Perennial #ad - And baba, the youngest and most beautiful, possessed an appetite for adultery that was as dangerous as it was outrageous. As the sisters dance, and romance their way through England's most hallowed halls, dine, we get an intimate look at a country clinging to its history in the midst of war and rapid change.
The middle, cimmie, was a Labour Party activist turned Fascist. And we discover a world of women, impeccably bred and unabashedly wilful, whose passion and spirit were endlessly fascinating. We obtain fresh perspectives on such personalities as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Nancy Astor and the Cliveden Set, Oswald Mosley, and Lord Halifax.
The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters #ad - . Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters is a riveting portrait of three spirited and wilful women who were born at the height of British upper-class wealth and privilege. The oldest, never married but pursued her passion for foxes, alcohol, Irene, and married men.
The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British AristocracySt. Martin's Press #ad - A deliciously told group biography of the young, american heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century – the real women who inspired Downton AbbeyTowards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, rich, a strange invasion took place in Britain.
The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that jennie jerome, the first known 'dollar princess', married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.
The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy #ad - Anne de courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.
The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America's Heiresses Seduced the AristocracyAurum Press #ad - Though the preceding months had included spurned loves, unexpected deaths, scandal and illicit affairs, the wedding was the crowning moment for the unofficial marriage brokers, Lady Minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, the original buccaneers who had instructed, cajoled and manipulated wealthy young heiresses into making the perfect match.
On 6 november 1895 consuelo vanderbilt married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough. From the beautiful and eligible debutante consuelo vanderbilt, in love with a dashing older man but thwarted by her controlling mother, Maud Burke, vivacious San Francisco belle with a questionable background, Washington society heiress Mary Leiter who married the pompous Lord Curzon and became the Vicereine of India, this book uncovers their stories.
The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America's Heiresses Seduced the Aristocracy #ad - Also revealed is the hidden role played lady minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, two unofficial marriage brokers who taught the heiresses how to use every social trick in the book to land their dream husband. Focusing on a single year, the transatlantic Marriage Bureau tells the story of a group of wealthy American heiresses seeking to marry into the English aristocracy.
Fame, money, prestige, power, perhaps even love – these were some of the reasons for the marriages that took place between wealthy American heiresses and the English aristocracy in 1895. The transatlantic marriage bureau dashes through the year to uncover the seasons, the parties, the money, the glamour, the scandal and the titles, the gossip, always with one eye on the two women who made it all possible.
For a few, the marriages were happy but for many others, infidelity, the matches brought loneliness, bankruptcy and divorce.
The British in India: A Social History of the RajFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - David gilmour captures the substance and texture of their work, home, and social lives, and illustrates how these transformed across the several centuries of British presence and rule in the subcontinent, from the East India Company’s first trading station in 1615 to the twilight of the Raj and Partition and Independence in 1947.
An immersive portrait of the lives of the british in india, orwell and scott, and government documents, and what did they think about it all? full of spirited, what lives did they lead when they got there, illuminating anecdotes drawn from long-forgotten memoirs, from the seventeenth century to IndependenceWho of the British went to India, the enterprising boxwallah, and why? We know about Kipling and Forster, the fervid missionary? What motivated them to travel halfway around the globe, correspondence, but what of the youthful forestry official, The British in India weaves a rich tapestry of the everyday experiences of the Britons who found themselves in “the jewel in the crown” of the British Empire.
The British in India: A Social History of the Raj #ad - The british in india is a breathtaking accomplishment, a vivid and balanced history written with brio, elegance, and erudition. He takes us through remote hill stations, opulent palaces, regimented cantonments, revealing the country as seen through British eyes, bustling coastal ports, and dense jungles, and wittily reveling in all the particular concerns and contradictions that were a consequence of that limited perspective.
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an EmpireHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Within hours of the midnight chimes, their dreams of freedom and democracy would turn to chaos, bloodshed, and war. Behind the scenes, a secret personal drama was also unfolding, as Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru began a passionate love affair. With the loss of india, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower, and its king ceased to sign himself Rex Imperator.
This defining moment of world history had been brought about by a handful of people. Their romance developed alongside cold War conspiracies, the beginning of a terrible conflict in Kashmir, and an epic sweep of events that saw one million people killed and ten million dispossessed. Steeped in the private papers and reflections of the participants, exhilarating detail, Alex von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer reveals, in vivid, how the actions of a few extraordinary people changed the lives of millions and determined the fate of nations.
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire #ad - Among them were jawaharlal nehru, the leader of the new islamic republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the fiery Indian prime minister; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple who had been dispatched to get Britain out of India.
. An extraordinary story of romance, 1947, history, and divided loyalties -- set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth centuryThe stroke of midnight on August 15, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire.
The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian RajFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - No one interested in politics and social history can afford to miss this book. Gilmour extends his study to every level of the administration and to the officers' women and children, so often ignored in previous works. The ruling caste is the best book yet on the real trials and triumphs of an imperial ruling class; on the dangerous temptations that an empire's power encourages; on relations between governor and governed, between European and Asian.
A sparkling, pakistan, 000 britons at any one time managed an empire of 300 million people spread over the vast area that now includes India, provocative history of the English in South Asia during Queen Victoria's reignBetween 1837 and 1901, Bangladesh, less than 100, and Burma. How was this possible, and what were these people like? The British administration in India took pride in its efficiency and broad-mindedness, its devotion to duty and its sense of imperial grandeur, but it has become fashionable to deprecate it for its arrogance and ignorance.
The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj #ad - . The ruling caste principally concerns the officers of the legendary India Civil Service--each of whom to perform as magistrate, sanitation inspector, settlement officer, public-health officer, and more for the million or so people in his charge. In this balanced, witty, david gilmour goes far to explain the paradoxes of the "Anglo-Indians, and multi-faceted history, " showing us what they hoped to achieve and what sort of society they thought they were helping to build.